Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2006 Spring Season

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2006 Spring Season


Featuring World Premiere of New Musical Commissions and Special Previews Presented by the American and New York City Ballets

(New York, NY – December 20, 2005) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Spring 2006 series features a diverse array of music, dance, opera, literary, and theatrical events. Continuing its tradition of unique programs that mingle performance and discussion in an intimate setting, this season’s Works & Process features a tribute to American Ballet Theatre founder Lucia Chase, new musical choreography presented by Armitage Gone! Dance and American Ballet Theatre Studio and special previews presented by the American and New York City Ballets. The events will be highlighted by lively discussion among the artistic collaborators followed by a reception to meet the artists in the museum’s spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim is produced by Mary Sharp Cronson who founded the series in 1984 to offer audiences behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s most exciting performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors. Now in its twenty-third season, Works & Process at the Guggenheim continues to collaborate with leading cultural institutions; this season, the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet & The Diamond Project and The Group for Contemporary Music amongst others.

Past programs have included previews of major operatic and theatrical pieces, such as John Adams’s Nixon in China, Peter Brook’s Mahabharata, and Robert Wilson’s, Prometheus; Charles Wuorinen’s The Great Procession. Poet Paul Auster, String Theorist Brian Greene, playwright Tony Kushner, writer Salman Rushdie, composer Stephen Sondheim, actor Patrick Stewart, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and Nobel Prize–winning poet, Derek Walcott, are just a few of the individuals who have presented their work.

All programs are presented in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $24 for the general public and $18 for Guggenheim members, students, and senior citizens. For further information and to order tickets by phone, the public may call (212) 423-3587, Monday through Friday, 1–5 PM. For further information on Works & Process at the Guggenheim, visit

Following is a schedule of programs for the Works & Process at the Guggenheim 2006 Spring Season:

Grey Gardens: A New Musical
Sunday and Monday, January 22 and 23, 8 pm
Co-written by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, and the Tony and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Doug Wright, this new musical features Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson. Once the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are now East Hampton’s most notorious recluses forced to revisit their past. The cast performs excerpts prior to the world premiere at Playwrights Horizons. The authors and Director Michael Greif discuss the production.

Einstein and the Atom Bomb, Revisited
Sunday and Monday, February 26 and 27, 8 pm
In 1905, Albert Einstein established the astonishing new relationship between mass and energy, E=mc2, yet 40 years elapsed between this Nobel Prize-winning work and the development of the atomic bomb. Physicist Dr. Alan J. Friedman revisits the story of Einstein and the bomb, and shares some intriguing lessons about science and the future of civilization.

Remembering Lucia
Sunday and Monday, February 5 and 6, 8 pm
John Meehan moderates a discussion with Cynthia Gregory and Alex Ewing in an evening dedicated to American Ballet Theatre’s pioneering founder, Lucia Chase, with reminiscences, films, and performances that bring her legendary career to life. ABT dancers and students from ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School perform excerpts from Les Sylphides.

Lysistrata—New Visions
Monday, March 13, 8 pm
Composer Mark Adamo turns this classic comedy into a lively musical battle of the sexes. Created in 411 BC, Aristophanes’ play features a group of women who employ an unusual weapon—a sex boycott—to end an age-old war between Athens and Sparta. New York City Opera cast members perform excerpts prior to the New York premiere.

Music of the New Generation
Sunday and Monday, March 19 and 20, 8 pm
For over forty years The Group for Contemporary Music has distinguished itself as a leading force in the discovery of new talent. The explosive new works of five young composers—Drew Baker, Yu-Hui Chang, Derek Charke, Jason Eckardt, and Paul Nauert—will be performed.

Tour de Force!
Sunday and Monday, March 26 and 27, 8 pm
Armitage Gone! Dance and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company perform the world premiere of two works choreographed by Karole Armitage and Brian Reeder. Ensemble Alternance provides live music, and a newly commissioned song by Director of Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, complements the program.

Cinderella at American Ballet Theatre
Sunday and Monday, May 14 and 15, 8 pm
ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie engages the noted choreographer James Kudelka in a discussion about his new production, including the process of bringing a narrative ballet to life through set design and costume. ABT stars perform excerpts prior to its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House.

New York City Ballet & The Diamond Project
Sunday and Monday, May 21 and 22, 8 pm
Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins leads a discussion with choreographers Jorma Elo and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, whose work will be featured in The Diamond Project, NYCB’s ongoing festival of new choreography. NYCB dancers perform excerpts prior to their premiere at Lincoln Center.

December 9, 2005

Leily Soleimani
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423-3840

Manuel Rodríguez
Associate Producer
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Telephone: (212) 758-0024

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